We are delighted that he has joined the board of the Forum of Private Business as a Non-Executive Director and will be working with us on developing our late payment campaigns as well as relaunching our “Hall of Shame” and the new web pages that accompany it.
With experience from being a Member of Parliament for his Midlands constituency, and from being a business owner in his own right, he is seen as a valuable addition to the Forum board.
He has joined at precisely the time that advice and support for businesses is in great demand, particularly as late payment has become even more of an issue during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Paul has made two films along with Forum Managing Director, Ian Cass. One looking at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly on Britain’s high streets and the retail sector, the second looking at the hospitality sector.
Both of these sectors are dominated by small businesses, they are massive employers within the UK economy and both have been hit very hard by the pandemic. Both are also vulnerable to landlords charging rent that was not justifiable before the pandemic and certainly isn’t after it!
The tenants of the regulated pub companies have had a particularly tough time as they are working on high rents and tiny margins because of the tied operation they run.
The promise of the new Pubs Code and the failure to deliver true market rent only options as a choice which would have reset the balance of power has meant many are losing money and walking away from their businesses.
We have also seen many of the pub companies struggling under the weight of huge debts and trying to change their business model, this has led to the closure of many pubs and in some cases the attempt to change the use of perfectly viable pubs, into shops, retirement apartments or office space.
In this interview, Paul Uppal, former Small Business Commissioner and Ian Cass, Managing director of the Forum of British Pubs visit a local pub and discuss some of these issues as well as talking about potential solutions to build a better model for the hospitality sector. One in which everyone can prosper rather than the current unbalanced and unsustainable model in which some make huge margins while many struggle on less than the minimum wage!
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